museums

VATICAN MUSEUMS

The Last Judgment - Vatican Museums - Rome Vatican City State

Frescoes Mosaics Statues Canvases Tapestries Galleries Rooms Founded in the 16th century by Pope Julius II, after the acquisition of the statue of the Laocoon and enriched during the centuries by more acquisitions and structural enlargements, the Vatican Museums with over four million of visitors a year are, in fact, among the greatest museums in […]

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CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS

Constantine's head - Capitoline Museums - Rome Italy

Archaeology Statues Squares Canvases Paintings Mosaics On top of the famous Capitoline Hill are contained in three palazzi surrounding a central trapezoidal piazza in a plan conceived by Michelangelo in 1536. Palazzo Nuovo houses items from the Roman times among which are: the marble statue of the “Dying Gaul”, the statue of Capitoline Venus, from […]

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BORGHESE GALLERY

Bernini's Rape of Proserpina - Borghese Gallery - Rome Italy

Statues Paintings Canvases Gardens Mosaics Built to be the summer residence of the omonimous family in the seventeenth century, was transformed by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of the Pope Paul the fifth, into his own private art collection. Houses the Madonna of the Palafrenieri by Caravaggio, Apollo and Daphne by Bernini, the Entombment by Raphael, […]

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PAMPHILJI GALLERY

Velasquez  portrait of Innocent X - Pamphilji Gallery - Rome Italy

Canvases Statues Paintings Galleries Furnishings The Palazzo has grown over the centuries; it is likely the largest in Rome still in private ownership. The large collection of paintings, furniture and statuary has been assembled since the 16th century by the Doria, Pamphilj, Landi and Aldobrandini families.The collection holds a large number of seventeenth-century masterpieces works […]

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BARBERINI PALACE

Raphael's She-Baker - Barberini Palace - Rome Italy

Canvases Vaults Paintings Halls Staircases Purchased in 1625 by Maffeo Barberini, who had come to the papal throne as Urban VIII, the palace was built by Maderno and Borromini first and completed by Bernini. Inside the Salon ceiling is graced by Pietro da Cortona’s masterpiece, the Baroque fresco of the Allegory of Divine Providence by […]

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VILLA FARNESINA

Villa Farnesina - Rome Italy

Fresco-Paintings Lodges Rooms Wall-Paintings The villa was built for Agostino Chigi, a rich Sienese banker and the treasurer of Pope Julius II. Between 1506–1510, the Sienese artist and pupil of Bramante, Baldassarre Peruzzi designed and erected the villa. Renaissance palaces typically faced onto a street and were decorated versions of defensive castles: rectangular blocks with […]

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SPADA PALACE

Spada Palace - Rome Italy

Canvases Paintings Galleries Furnishings The Palazzo Spada is a palace in Rome that houses a grand art collection, the Galleria Spada. The collection was originally assembled by Cardinal Bernardino Spada in the 17th century and added to by his grand-nephew Cardinal Fabrizio Spada (1643-1717), and by Virginio Spada (1596-1662).Cardinal Spada’s collection includes four galleries of […]

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SAINT ANGEL’S CASTLE

Saint Angel's Castle - Rome Italy

Archaeology Weapons Fresco-Paintings Lodges Rooms View The Mausoleum of Hadrian is a towering cylindrical building, commissioned by the Roman Emperor as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The popes converted the structure into a castle, from the 14th century; Pope Nicholas III connected the castle to St. Peter’s Basilica by a covered fortified corridor […]

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GALLERY OF MODERN ART

Gallery of Modern Art - Rome Italy

Canvases Sculptures Paintings Artworks With its neoclassical and Romantic paintings and sculptures, it marks a dramatic change from the glories of the Renaissance and ancient Rome. Its 75 rooms house the largest collection of works by 19th- and 20th-century Italian artists including Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Giovanni Fattori, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi, […]

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VILLA GIULIA

Villa Giulia - Rome Italy

Sarcophagus Statues Vases Artifacts Etruscan Art Pope Julius III in 1550 assigned the initial design of the building to Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola in 1551–1553. The nymphaeum and other garden structures, however, were designed by Bartolomeo Ammanati, all under the supervision of Giorgio Vasari. Michelangelo also worked there. Pope Julius took a direct interest in […]

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COLONNA GALLERY

Colonna Gallery - Rome Italy

Canvases Statues Paintings Halls Furnishings The first documentary mention notes that the property hosted Cardinal Giovanni and Giacomo Colonna in the 1200s. It was also home to Cardinal Oddone Colona before he ascended to the papacy as Martin V (1415-1430). The main gallery (completed 1703) and the masterful Colonna art collection was acquired after 1650 […]

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CORSINI PALACE

Corsini palace - Rome

Canvases Statues Paintings Galleries Furnishings The Palazzo Corsini is a prominent late-baroque palace in Rome, erected for the Corsini family between 1730-1740 as an elaboration of the prior building on the site, a villa of the Riario family, based on designs of Ferdinando Fuga.The majority of the major works in the collection were gathered by […]

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BRASCHI PALACE

Broken Bridge by Roesler Franz - Rome

Canvases Statues Paintings Galleries Watercolours Palazzo Braschi is a large Neoclassical palace built by the papal nephew duca Luigi Braschi Onesti, to designs by Cosimo Morelli. Houses the civic museum of Rome Museo di Roma. The collection shows paintings of Andrea Sacchi, Pierre Subleyras, Pier Leone Ghezzi, Marco Benefial, Pompeo Batoni; statues of Francesco Mochi, […]

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